The county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States, is Modesto(Spanish for’ modest’), officially the City of Modesto. With a population of approximately 201,165 at the 2010 census, it is the state of California’s 18th largest city and forms part of the combined statistical area of Modesto-Merced.
Originally, the city of Modesto was a stop on the railroad linking Sacramento to Los Angeles. It was to be called Ralston after the financier William C. Ralston when Modesto was founded in 1870. The modesty of Ralston caused him to suggest that another name be sought, and in recognition of his modesty, the town was renamed Modesto.
In 1884, Modesto ‘s population was over 1,000 inhabitants. The town developed with grain fields, the nearby Tuolumne River for grain barges, and railroad traffic. In the foothills, irrigation water came from dams, and irrigated fields of crops and fruit and nut trees flourished. Modesto ‘s population was over 4,500 by 1900. The region supplied canned food, powdered milk , and eggs for the US Armed Forces and the Allied Forces during World War II. Modesto’s population increased by around two percent a year over the next few decades, to over 100,000 in 1980, and over 200,000 in 2001.
On the downtown Modesto Arch, which is featured in local images and postcards, the official slogan of the city, “Water Wealth Contentment Health,” is emblazoned. In a contest held in 1911, where the winner won $3 as his prize, the motto was chosen. (The original winner, “Nobody ‘s got the goat of Modesto,” was later rejected by city officials.) The slogan of Modesto is often spoofed as “The land gets water, the bankers get money, the cows get happiness, and the farmers get health.”
The agriculturally rich Central Valley is situated in Modesto, California. It is a metropolitan city , with a population of about 204,000 people in the town proper. The town is Stanislaus County’s county seat.
In 1870, a year and a month after the Transcontinental Railroad was finished, Modesto was built by the Central Pacific Railroad. The goal of the railway line in the center of California was to allow abundant wheat crops to be transported more quickly to the market.
Once a center of operation in the San Joaquin Valley, Modesto offers a history packed with tales of wild western days and the glory of times gone by. It shares several moments historically that have become significant for the advancement of statewide activities. It is a town that prides itself on past achievements.
Sadly, Modesto has topped negative statistical lists over the past few years, ranging from the worst air pollution to unemployment rate and the least desirable places to work. However, figures do not tell the whole story. Based on where it was and where it is going, what a city has to offer. This site ‘s aim is to tell the story.